Food of the Seventies, Carnation Breakfast Bars

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Chocolate bars with a chocolate coating on them. I think they replaced the Carnation Breakfast Squares (oh my favorite!) The Squares were dry as heck but the frosting layers inside the bar and the frosting/coating on top more than made up for it. But these Breakfast Bars were good, but discontinued. So sad! :(
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rebekah - August 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved those breakfast bars!!!!!! Brings back good memories. Wish they would bring those back.
bri - August 19, 2007 - Report this comment
these were the MY FAV. what were the flavors...choc, vanilla, cinnamon etc & the icing was the best...HAVE SOME MILK ON HAND THEY WERE A BUT DRY
TY - November 24, 2007 - Report this comment
Mom used to buy the chocolate ones when I was a kid. They were my absolute favorite!! Wish carnation would bring them back!!!
jeannie - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
oh god i loved the breakfast bars,peanutbutter,yum,wish they were back!!
nicole1977 - February 15, 2008 - Report this comment
If carnation brought these back, I would freak out. I crave these dry little bars. I was at my Grandmothers house digging thru her pantry and actually found one. I was so tempted to eat it but I didn't. Come on Carnation you would make millions sell the damn things again
BJ - February 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I am sitting here laughing at Nicoles post. I'm glad you didn't eat that old, prob. moldy bar, lol. I too wish they would stop discontinuing things that we love!
drg - March 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I need these bars!!It's almost like i can taste it when i think about them...growing up my mom alway's had those on hand.
LIS - April 16, 2008 - Report this comment
These were my favorite. Of course back in those days I did not eat much of anything, so I practically lived on them. Please Carnation....bring them back!!!
Jeremy - April 27, 2008 - Report this comment
These were filling! I remember only being able to eat half of one as a little kid. Not that great tasting; kinda salty or something. But I still loved 'em! They made them chewy, like a granola bar, in the 80's and then discontinued them.
Carrie - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I came across some after they had been discontinued in a small country store in rural Tennesee. I bought them all and savored everyone. I did find a recipe on line but haven't tried it yet.
carla - October 28, 2008 - Report this comment
my son was born in 91 and i ate them while i was pregnant with him, atleast 3 a day a dessert for each meal. i craved them constantly. i know i ate them before 1990 but they still had them in 90-91. i wish carnation would make them again, the chocolate chip was my favorite
Michael - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to live on these things when I was in high school! I would take a knife and scrape the frosting off and eat it first. I loved that frosting! I would also dip the bars in Hot Chocolate. They were AMAZING that way!
Tim - December 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently found a very similar product at Target. They're called Market Pantry Nutrition Bars. They are almost the exact same thing as the classic Breakfast Bars. I wonder if they bought the recipe from Carnation. I clearly remember those chalky Brakfast Squares too, but I thought it was a different brand than Carnation. Does anyone remember the brand name?
Mark - January 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I did enjoy the breakfast bars but General Mills Breakfast Squares were even better. I want them back!!! I made a petition so all please follow the link and sign. You will have to copy & paste: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/breakfastsquares?e
Stephanie - March 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I still crave these things and yes, I can remember freaking out when we ran out at home as a kid. Choc-chip my fave. What the heck is the big deal, Nestle, cant you cut us a break and make the damn things again? Why wont they listen????
nancy - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
i've been looking for ANYTHING close to these for years and years and NOTHING is close. Appears to me there's some demand. bring'em back!!!
Corinne - June 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the choc. chip breakfast bars ! The were the best thing to grab and run with before school. Also enjoyed them as a snack watching the good shows t.v. had on back then. Please bring them back! Getting tired of losing everything that was great replaced with junk!
PHYLLIS AND ANGIE - June 14, 2009 - Report this comment
WE LOVED THE BREAKFAST BARS ALSO CAN'T YOU PLEASE BRING THEM BACK CARNATION
HMH - June 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Mmmmm...lord, I miss these things! As I recall, I used to eat them while watching cartoons after school. In recent years, I've perused the breakfast aisle, hoping they were still around, thinking I just couldn't find them because the box looked different.
Chris - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I have craved the Carnation breakfast bars ever since they were discontinued. I found something that tastes almost exactly like them, though: The chocolate chip ranger bars that come in military MREs. Tastes just like the old breakfast bars!
Tina - August 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, I grew up on these bars too. I miss them terribly and also wander the cereal isle to this day expecting them to come back into production and wind up back on the shelf as if someone just forgot to tell me they were for sale again. I'd by the whole lot of them... Come on carnation!!!!! What's it gonna take. Just make them again!!!!!!!!!!!
Heath - August 26, 2009 - Report this comment
These bars were the best. Used to hide these from my siblings along with my brother's girlfriend now my sister in-law. We still bring these treats up on occasion sitting aroung talking about the good times. BRING THEM BACK!!
DER - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
My favs were the General Mills Breakfast Squares. You can see a pic of the box with the choc, vanilla and cinnamon flavs on flickr. Wish they'd bring them back!
Marly - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Chocolate chip was my favorite. I ate them every morning with orange Tang. They had a malty, salty taste that I loved.
jackie - September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I GREW UP EATING THEM THEY ARE THE BEST BREAKFAST BAR EVER, I MISS THEM AND I WISH SOMEONE WOULD BRING THEM BACK!!!!!!!!
Cara - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
As a kid I loved the chocolate chip with a big glass of milk, I can almost taste them now.
Kris - February 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I lost 50lbs the summer of 1988. It was the summer before my Senior year in high school...I loved them..the Peanut Butter was so yummy with the drink mix...Malt was my favorite!! I loved that grity texture!!!! Bring It Back!!!!
klosh - March 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Please, please! Bring back the yummy breakfast bars!
80silguy - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Here is an email I received from Carnation inquiring about the Breakfast bars: Thank you for your inquiry regarding the availability of CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST® Bars. We really appreciate your feedback. At Nestlé, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your comments are valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services. We receive many requests asking that we bring the bars back and will take all of them into consideration. In the meantime, we will be sending coupons for CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ and POWERBAR® PRIA® BAR. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Candie - April 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED those breakfast bars, PLEASE BRING THEM BACK.I would love to have my grandkids try them.
SQUARE CRAZY - April 13, 2010 - Report this comment
OK, WE ALL AGREE WE WANT THEM BACK! What is the next step to take? Does anyone realize what a money maker this is? Holy Cow we could eat the whole box! is what I'm feeling from everyone :-) Hmmmm I guess we have to keep dreaming about them until that wonderful, glorious day arrives! ;0
Patrick - July 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I didn't realize anybody even remembered those bars.I was addicted to them when I was a kid- I could eat a whole box of them,at once. Anyway, I am all for them bringing them back. Also,bring back the Pilsbury food sticks; those were equally awesome but,I am probably alone on that one.
Ken - August 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I didn't realize there were so many people with good taste left, and wish also they would bring them back. But you know what they, "If it taste good it's probly not good for you"
Peg - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved these things & would eat them in layers to savor the flavor. I think I ate them in the late 70's early 80's until one time I was biting off a layer & looked down to find that there were magets in them. I don't know if it was just a bad batch or what, but I never ate them again. I still crave them & would try them if they brought them back.
Lisa - September 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED them bars! Like a couple people said.. I also find myself walking down the isles in the market hoping I'll see some. They need to bring them back! They'd make a lot of money. I can taste them now. As a kid I was hooked on the cholcoate and vanilla flavors.
steve - September 30, 2010 - Report this comment
The cinnamon breakfast were my fav i loved-em then they just dissapeared the only thing that is even close and it is just by flavor is the slim fast cinnamon meal bar but like i said just flavor. i loved how dry the breakfast sq. was it made it unique. Miss-em very much
tami - October 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I ate these for breakfast when I was in high school, 1983-ish. I hated eating breakfast and this was one thing my mom could get me to eat. Would love to have one now...
Toccara - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
yes i loved the chocolate covered bars i use to eat them in the morning;waiting to leave for the bus and then i would sneak one in my lunch for a snack;i was telling my mom i missed those bars and wish they would bring them back please!!!!
Robin - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
My friend's dad was a Vietnam vet he would hide boxes of Breakfast Squares in his closet for emergency rations. We always found them and snacked on them. I still crave those things-especially chocolate and cinammon flavors.
Jude - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I ate a ton of these and can still taste them. They weren't that great in retrosepct, taste-wise, like someone else said, they were dry and salty... yet they were somehow addicting.. I think at the time they just seemed decadent.
p-marie - March 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I miss these breakfast bars, they were always in our kitchen back in the 70's. Nothing better than running to the bus stop with a cinnamon breakfast bar!
kristen - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Yep, agree with you all. That was the only breakfast bar/nutrition/granola bar that I would eat. On occasion, I will try another brand only to find them gross. And yes, I, too, scan the aisles to see if they have come back yet.
Sara - June 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Yum, I remember those. I loved the chocolate chip.
Melanie - July 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I am 42 years old and still think about the chocolate chip Carnation Breakfast Bars! Growing up in the 70's my mom would buy a box and I would have to share them with my two sisters...I could never get enough. Of course I've looked over the years, but nothing is ever the same.
Paula - July 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for these for years now. I saw where there is a petition above but also noticed that you have to leave a donation to sign it. :-( Anyway, I think I am going to go send General Mills a request to bring them back. If enough people do that, perhaps they will consider it
Chad - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Count my wife and I in! By far the best quick breakfast/snack food ever. The newer replacements are terrible. Tastes like chemicals, and the whole "chewy" thing just has to go. Please bring them back! We will make it worth your while!
Jackie - August 14, 2011 - Report this comment
these bars were the best. They were the only breakfast I would eat, and even now without the bars I no longer eat breakfast. Please bring them back!!!
Dee - September 20, 2011 - Report this comment
The chocolate chip Breakfast Bars got me through high school. That was the only breakfast I would eat that early in the morning. They had a crunchy texture, like ground peanuts. If I remember right, just before they disappeared, they changed them and made them chewy like all the other chewy bars they have now. There is just nothing to compare the original to.
Henry - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow, I can't believe so many people commented on these bars. I was googling them in hopes that I would find some somewhere, somehow. I too loved them so much that I can still taste them when I think about them. I don't think I have ever enjoyed anything as much as the Carnation Breakfast bars. My mother would buy the chocolate chip ones when I was a child and I would literally eat the entire box everytime we had some. I would make 30 mile trips to the grocery store just for these bars. I was devastated when they stopped making them and always wonder why. Sitting here now, 20 years later, I don't know what made me think of them but I did and I can taste them right now. Please bring them back, and don't change a thing. Make them exactly the way they used to be. Chocalte chip Carnation Breakfast Bars. better than sex...better than anything. thanks!
Henry - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh, I almost forgot. if you want to make them yourself, here is the recipe. I tried it and they are almost identical. thanks. 1 Cup Spanish Peanuts (Peeled and Crushed to a near powder) 1 Cup Rolled Toasted Oats (I had to use Granola for lack of toasted oats) 1 Cup Rice crispies ½ Cup Miniature chocolate chips 1/3 Cup Light Karo Syrup. 24 - 36 Oz. Milk Chocolate Combine all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add Karo Syrup (though it is possible to pack the ingredients without this) Line a small pan with wax paper and PACK the mixture FIRMLY into pan. Melt 12 oz of the chocolate and spread over top of mixture and refrigerate till firm (at least one hour) HenWri3@aol.com
Angigal7 - June 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Keep researching and found out we were all wrong it wasn't carnation it was General Mills breakfast squares:)
Gail - June 28, 2012 - Report this comment
When i was in high school my best friend interduced me to carnation chocolate chip bars and i fell in love with them. Why? Carnation did you stop selling the BREAKFAST BARS I too look for them everytime i go to the supewr market. Bring them BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Severedmetal - August 12, 2012 - Report this comment
PLEASE BRING BACK THE CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAKFAST BARS PLEASE'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle - December 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I ate these when I was so young- just a kid! I miss them- loved the texture. I loved the flavor; why are all of these good snacks gone forever? aw I want them to come back. I keep looking and hoping too!
Kungdpow - January 26, 2013 - Report this comment
We grew up on Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars. Heh, sometimes one before school and sometimes one after. Sometime a box for dinner even. I know it sounds like a joke, but those I-B-Bars saved my life by keeping me from a death more horrible than being burned alive; its called "my cooking.". Which is something I wouldn't wish on the Taliban much less myself. I would say bring them back but only two possibilities could result, they won't or they will but change them in some way.... well, I would like to thank the Carnation Corporation because even though many people in this country will never experience the pleasure, Carnation made it possible for me......
Help us Petition - Sign Please! - March 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Please sign the petition for Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars http://www.petitiononline.com/cb01/petition.html
Amanda - October 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I loooved thes!! I had them on school mornings soo good wish we could till get them!!
Toby Ward - April 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up on the Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars in the 70's. I would 2 a day, eating them on the way to school. Please bring them back. I would pay $50.00 a box to taste them again!!!!!
Lyndy - April 23, 2014 - Report this comment
All I remember is they were very dry.
Rebecca - May 12, 2014 - Report this comment
We took these hiking all the time. I wasn't surprised to eat some MRE bars and find out that they were similar. There was a lot of nutrition packed into those things. I actually called the company to complain when we found out they were being discontinued.
Marianne - May 29, 2014 - Report this comment
The only breakfast bar I ever liked. Loved these! I signed a petition somewhere begging Carnation to make them again. Chocolate chip ones were the best.
Manny - August 06, 2014 - Report this comment
The Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter bar reminds me of them. Has anyone else thought that?
Verna - August 13, 2014 - Report this comment
I ate them as a teen 2-3 a day. I've been searching for that taste in other bars for years. Please bring them back, they're still the best. Even for a limited time. After seeing the response I know you'll keep them. Chocolate chip was my favorite.
Darren - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember these came in a yellow wrapper that reminded me of Kodak 126 film. I ate countless bars as well as General Mills breakfast squares and Pillsbury Space Food Sticks.
Lorrie - October 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I absolutely LOVED these breakfast bars! My favorite was the chocolate chip. I ate them for breakfast, lunch, as a snack. I have never found another breakfast bar since to take it's place. If they brought them back, even for a short period, I would surely stock up on them. Obviously, I was not the only one who found these breakfast bars to be extra special. I hope Carnation listens to their fans.
Marty - February 05, 2015 - Report this comment
Ounce for Ounce, these Carnation breakfast bars would be worth their weight in gold. It's been more than 35 years and I have been chasing that taste (especially the chocolate chip) for years in bars. Every bar I tasted since then does not even come close to those bars. I even remember the packaging. Man, what a major void in my life!
Cristy - February 11, 2015 - Report this comment
I have missed these bars! I had one everyday for breakfast and a an after school snack also. My favorite was the peanut butter but I never had a bad flavor. I have written Carnation many times to try to get them to bring them back. I will keep trying but doubt it will ever happen. Now is the time to bring them back - I have no doubt they will be a hot seller now!!!!!!!
Kristi - May 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Oh my how I have craved those!!!! I've tried every bar out there trying to find one like those and none exist. They were soooooooo awesome dipped in milk. Pleeeeeease bring these bars back!!
Karen - November 21, 2015 - Report this comment
MY favorite was cinnamon - if they don't want to make them gain, at least they can share the recipe. Does anyone know the status of the petition?
Heather - November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I have come across an old Carnation Breakfast Bars, Thermo Serv Thermos. It is red and white and the thermos comes in a funny little faux leather case that resembles a gold bag. Has anyone seen them before- I want to list it on Ebay or Etsy but can't find any info or similar products. Thanks!
Brent - July 14, 2016 - Report this comment
PLEASE bring them back! They were absolutely the BEST!
christy - August 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I wish they would bring them back They were the best!!!!!!!
Sugar - August 16, 2016 - Report this comment
I was the only one in my classroom to ever eat them.Those kids didn't know what they were missing, always gave me strange looks. Carnation may have stopped making them due to lack of sales. I would like to see them return to stores.
Kelly Bourlier - May 07, 2017 - Report this comment
A girlfriend and I were always dieting. we thought we would lose weight by eating boxes of them. there was 3 or 4 flavors. I loved them all!! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!
james - September 29, 2017 - Report this comment
They were dry and chalky and so tasty! My most vivid memory is having them in my school lunches in junior high school in the mid 70's...I also noticed that this comment thread is 10 years old and still no breakfast bars :-(
Dana - September 29, 2017 - Report this comment
My friend Jill had these and she would break a little off for me. They were definitely in yellow paper, definitely Carnation breakfast bars. The kind I crave are the original 1977 salty peanut-based bars. In the 80's they changed them to granola to save money because they were primarily peanuts. They were amazing. Yes, chalky. I have tried to recreate them. sea-salt, tiny chocolate chips, maybe a hint of vanilla. I just can't get it quite right. I laughed reading one person's comment about it reminding them of Kodak paper. Truth! I wrote Carnation about 6 years ago asking for a return of the original. They were awesome. I got the same form-response. I don't want a coupon. I want people to stop making crappy oatmeal bars for breakfast. I'd love something easy my kids could grab that was actually good for them.

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